Breathing as an alternative treatment for Fibromyalgia helps patients overcome the symptoms, as they are both intimately connected. The greater the breath capacity, the stronger the quality of body strength to overcome pain and tension.
Through exercise and yoga alternative treatments, fibromyalgia patients bring more awareness to their body and breath. Just as levels of flexibility and strength become obvious through physical practice, so do the different types of breathing patterns. Respiration can be quiet or noisy, heavy or soft, relaxed or tense, deep or shallow, and energizing or depleting.
When patients do ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS for FIBROMYALGIA, such as Yoga, Tai Chi or other exercise practices, the power of breath on the body and mind, and vice versa is revealed. When an individual is tense or guarded, for example, the tendency is to hold the breath and then take fast, shallow breaths. Relaxed respiration is slower and softer, and has a steady, gentle, even pattern. This deep, slow, relaxed breathing helps as an alternative treatment for fibromyalgia patients, relaxing the mind, providing immediate energy to the body.
The term diaphragm literally means “through a fence”. The diaphragm muscle sits in the middle of the trunk and regulates the pattern of breathing. This large dome-shaped muscle separates the heart and lungs above it from the abdominal cavity and digestive organs below. The muscle fibers extend inward, toward the center of the body and insert into a central tendon that has no attachments to the skeleton. The diaphragm muscle coordinates the amount of breath (air) entering and leaving the lungs.
The diaphragm works like a balloon. When relaxed, the diaphragm is curved upward like a dome. On inhalation, the diaphragm contracts, pushes the intestines down into the abdomen and lengthens the chest cavity above. As the diaphragm contracts, lowers, it takes on a funnel shape, creating a vacuum effect in the lungs causing an increased volume of space. The lungs have no capacity to expand or contract on their own, they simply respond to the size and shape of their container, the chest cavity. When the chest expands air rushes in to fill the vacuum in the lungs. When the container shrinks, the lungs are compressed and air is pushed out. The lower the diaphragm distends on contraction, the greater the resulting vacuum and subsequent air filling in the lungs.
When air enters the lungs, the muscles in the ribs and chest contract, causing them to lift up and away from the body. This action also assists the diaphragm by increasing the pressure outside the lungs, allowing more air to inflate the lungs. The amount of air exhaled and the rate of expulsion is of equal importance. When the diaphragm relaxes and the abdominals contract, a recoil action results in the lungs and ribs. This recoil action decreases the pressure outside the lungs expelling air out, much the same way as a balloon expels air.